Newcastle Linked With Move For Forward In January


We reported the news on this yesterday, and it seems that Graham Carr has identified 22 year-old Norwegian Jo Inge Berget – who can play up front as a striker or out on the wing – as a Newcastle target, and the new news is that Newcastle will bid £2M for the player in January.

Jo Inge Berget – Newcastle to bid £2M in January?

Berget is currently at Molde in Norway, and since joining them in 2010 from Italian club Udinese, he’s been one of  their star players apparently, and has scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for the Norwegian Premier League club.

The report of the potential £2M deal is in The Sun, and we have no idea how much truth there’s in it, but it would be the way Newcastle get their players these days, with Chief Scout Graham Carr ferreting out some good players who are still young, and who can then be brought to Tyneside for meager transfer fees.

The player himself doesn’t know what’s going on, other than what he reads online, and he had this to say to Romerikes Blad:

“I don’t know any more than what is written on the internet.”

His agent is Jim Solbakken, and Jim says he has indeed been in touch with Newcastle and Alan Pardew, but he refused to say if his client Berget was included in those discussions:

“I have been in touch with Newcastle for many reasons, including regarding forwards, but I don’t want to say if we have discussed Jo Inge.”

Of course what agents say is usually unreliable, because their motives are to get their clients to new clubs, or at least on new contracts, which is how they get paid, so it’s always wise to take what they say with a pinch of salt.

It’s hard to know if this player would be a decent buy for Newcastle, even at just £2M, but we wonder if some of our Norwegian readers have seen the lad play – and if so what’s he like?

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10 comments so far

  • p

    Oct 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1

    looks a bit like a girl

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  • Toonacious T

    Oct 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #2

    He is averaging less than a goal every 3 games in the norweigan league. Should we be impressed by that? If Ba goes for £7m in January, is this guy our replacement, leaving £5m to buy a CB! Hope not.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #3

    p

    don’t know what kind of girls you’ve been after

    …but great contribution anyway!

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #4

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/jim-solbakken/details/berater_1292.html

    …a list of his clients….if anyone wants to guess….

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 3, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks more like he would be more suited to playing for The Bad Seeds than NUFC.

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  • Rozzy

    Oct 3, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #6

    FFS

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 3, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #7

    From what I’ve seen he’s so so. But to fathom that a guy of his caliber is a target for us makes me thing MA is tightening the grip on his wallet even more.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Oct 3, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Is,nt it just typical of you all that you all start slagging off the Player on the basis of how he looks and also on the basis of a rumour that we are linked!

    If Carr has scouted this lad then he must see something there to get the club interested, and i trust in Carr.s judgement!

    This kid is only 22, and, if Carr reckons he,s a good prospect, may be signed irregardless of whether BA leaves or not!

    This is just another example as to why i don,t use this Blog as much as i used to! A Fickle bunch a lot of you are!

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  • norwegian magpie

    Oct 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #9

    I live in Molde and see this player week in and week out, and he is NOT good enough! I dont think any Molde fans, me included, would cry their eyes out if he left. Sure, he is a decent player in tippeligaen, but our league sucks

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 3, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #10

    C’mon lighten up, he really doesn’t look in rude and robust health does he. hard to imagine him troubling the Chelsea center backs for example, and at 22 and averaging 1 goal in 3 games in the Norwegian league and available at under 2 mill its a long bow to even imagine him putting a whole lot of pressure on our established strikers or god forbid being a direct replacement for Ba, as most of us believe is the type of striker we need. Not exactly the 12 million pound striker that has long been mooted, so a bit of grumbling is surely permitted.

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